As of today, the keynote speakers are:
Professor Alan Baker, DSc
Agromining: farming for metals and valorization of metal-contaminaterd lands¹
Alan Baker was Professor of Botany at The University of Melbourne, Australia until July 2008 when he retired. He headed the Applied Ecology Research Group and remains an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of BioSciences whilst now resident in the UK. He was awarded the DSc degree by The University of Sheffield in 2009 where he is also an Honorary Professorial Associate. He also holds the post of Honorary Professor in the Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (CMLR) at The University of Queensland, Australia and is Visiting Professor, School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, PR China, 2011-, and Visiting Professor, Laboratoire Sols et Environnement and LABEX21 Ressources, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France, 2014-. Professor Baker’s research career has centred on the interactions of plants with soils and sediments contaminated with heavy metals, either naturally through mineralization, or as a result of anthropogenic pollution. Long-term research has focused on ecological and physiological aspects of heavy metal tolerance, toxicity and uptake in plants, and in particular the mechanisms of metal accumulation and tolerance in temperate and tropical species of metallophytes. Major themes are the ecology of nickel-hyperaccumulating species from ultramafic soils, zinc and cadmium hyperaccumulation. These lines of research have led him into a number of applied fields including geobotanical and biogeochemical techniques for mineral exploration and reconnaissance, revegetation of toxic metalliferous wastes, pollution biomonitoring, problems of environmental health arising from trace element contamination of the environment, removal and stabilization of metals and metalloids from contaminated land and sediments using biological approaches. He is a pioneer in the development of phytomining and strategies for the conservation of biodiversity at mining sites. He has served on the Advisory Panel of the IUCN-ICMM Post-Mining Alliance, and is Technical Director for the Centre for Contaminant Geoscience of the Australian consulting/contracting group, Environmental Earth Sciences International Pty Ltd., Sydney. In addition to extensive work experience in Europe, Australasia and the USA, he has worked in many developing countries including The Philippines, Thailand, New Caledonia, Sri Lanka, India, PR China, DR Congo, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile and Mexico. He is the author/co-author of 200 original scientific papers and articles [h-index 56 +1], 33 chapters in books and 250+ conference abstracts and has 3 shared patents. In October 2008 Professor Baker was awarded the Milton Gordon Award from the International Phytotechnology Society for 'a distinguished career in teaching, research, and applications of phytoremediation.'